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EmTee    562
6 minutes ago, RivNut said:

But you have to hit something for them to deploy.  

 

No problem -- just grab your smart phone and start texting!  ;)

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Mr Riviera    16

I  think  this is a car that I once owned . The switch on the door panels are power locks from a Cadillac . I bought the car from my friend Chuck Good who did the restoration . I sold it to a guy in Illinois and then it was sold to someone in Florida . I lost track of it after that . I would like to find out who ownes the car as he has one of my Calif. Plates and I have paperwork he might want ?  I was a very nice car when I owned it but went down hill after .

 

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RivNut    956

????

Is the window sticker in the first post for the car that Dick shows the picture of in the previous Post?  If so, why is there no vinyl top listed on the window sticker?

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Paul K.    14

This car is a good example of the stories and representations sellers make such as original miles and the such. Take them for what they are. Stories. 

 

I purchased this car for my brother in 1986 from the 2nd owner who lived off College Ave in the Del Cerro area of San Diego. I remember the ad just said "1965 Buick". I called and found out it was a Riviera. Got there and it was a GS.  At the time it had 94k miles and that was original. They owned the car since 1968. The daughter showed me the car and said she had driven it in college and so did her sister. Sort of a beater 3rd car for the family. I remember cringing when she said she knew she needed to add oil to it when she would hear the engine tick. Surprisingly, the car ran strong and did not smoke. They were asking $1100 and I drove it away for $700. 

 

The car came with both shop manuals,  owner's manual, and Protect-O-Plate showing the original owner by the last name of Stein who lived and worked at a body shop in nearby National City. According to the seller, he liked to show the car. He added some non factory items such as the Cadillac power door locks and a passenger power seat. In addition, he installed those ugly chrome Landau Bars mounted on the sail panels. He removed all the Gran Sport and Riviera badges and filled the holes. It also had those aftermarket 60s style headrests which were cylinder shaped, like the ones installed on a Porsche 356. It also had the Franz oil and transmission filter systems installed under the hood which were popular in the 60s and 70s. I got Stein's number from 411 information (remember that?) and spoke to him confirming his ownership and the modifications he did.   Originally, the interior was deluxe woodgrain,  all black vinyl and it was a non-A/C car. Options it had were deluxe interior, AM/FM radio with reverberator (which looks like it is now missing), vacuum trunk release, road wheels, tilt wheel, tinted glass, power windows and power vent windows, power antenna. At the time, it had a vinyl top but not sure it was originally equipped like that.  Thats all the options it had. 

 

My parents owned a restaurant and we did a trade out with one of our customers that owned a body shop for a paint job. It was a nice PPG Deltron 2 stage and the car looked like glass. They stripped the vinyl top and removed the landau bars but we did not locate or install any new Riviera or GS badges. The chrome was pristine and original. Also had a headliner installed and the two front seat cushions recovered in vinyl. 

 

A few years later, my brother was getting ready to go to law school and wanted to sell the car and get something newer with better MPG. I ran an ad but just couldn't get the $6500 we wanted because a non- A/C car was a deal breaker. So as luck would have it, my brother got rear ended and also hit the car in front of him. He got a check for $4500 and I sold the car wrecked but very driveable to Chuck Goode an ROA member for for $2200. Chuck did a great job of putting the car back together replacing the hood, grille, bumper and left fender. Plus replacing the rear bumper and had the left qtr and panel above the rear bumper repaired. he also rebuilt the engine. He also located the small GS emblems and Riviera scripts. The car was not repainted, only the damaged areas were painted.  At this time it was around 1989 and the car had about 120k miles. Chuck also installed factory A/C, cruise control and installed the cloth seat inserts. When the seat inserts were new, they looked real nice and really elevated the luxury feel of the interior. You can't tell in the ebay photos today but the seats had a line pattern of gold thread going through them. He also installed a vinyl top which is now gone again. I became friends with Chuck after that watching him restore the car and admiring his restoration skills  Chuck won a lot of shows with that car before selling it to Dick Sweeney who is on our forum. I always wanted to know where this car was/is and although it has gone down hill it has been in worse shape a couple of times in its life. 

 

Fast forward  to 2010. I'm at Jack's Mufflers on University Ave. in San Diego getting a muffler installed on my 78 Bentley T2. A guy riding on his bike stops and asks me a question about my car. Somehow we start talking about some of my other cars and the conversation goes to Rivieras (I own a 64). The guy says, "you know, back in the 60s, when I was in high school, I worked at a body shop in National City. A guy that worked with me had a beautiful black 65 Riviera GS. That guy really loved that car".  I asked: "Was his name Stein"  The guy's jaw dropped, "Yes".    Small World.   

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